Arts and cultural activities, Migration

Syriada: the hero's journey to the better life


Who is behind this?

Valerie Karpan

Cultural Geographies


Who is joining forces?

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We are going to establish communication between the refugee and native groups of children at the age of 8-12 years in the cities most affected by the refugee crisis, hereby, Germany.

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

The experience of resettlemet can be quite traumatic, espessially for children whose future is dependednt on the surrounding events and environment they live in. Therefore,our project is going to address the complications the refugee children went through on their way to safe European life changing the perception of the negative experience through transforming it into a fascinating story not only for the children themselves but for their European equals in age as well.

What is your impact?

The project aims at enhancing the tolerance to the young refugee generation and their inclusiveness in German cultural and social processes alongside eliminating the stressful consequences of their migration. After the project execution its outcomes and methodology will be implemented to assist the refugee children from the Eastern parts of Ukraine find their place in the other regions of the country overcoming the national, cultural, and ideological borders.

How do you get there?

Trough the series of workshops we are planning to introduce to the refugee children the art of creating comics and illustrations. After attending the workshops, the children participating in the project will be asked to create several illustrations dedicated to their memories of home, the concept of home, their way to Europe, and the impression of the place they currently live in.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The target group of the project comprises of the refugee children who witnessed all the grim realities of war and life in exile, and currently are at the age of 8-12 years, in the cities most affected by the refugee crisis, hereby, Ruhr area of Germany. Moreover, it will reach european children as well, providing them with an opportunity to reconsider their perception of the refugees.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our project provides possibility of creative expression of traumatic experience of refugee children. Our practice is combination of storytelling, art and social work.During our workshops we are creating a ZIN - сomics about the journey of the child from one country to another which transform stressful experiences in the exciting adventures.

€ 45000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 45000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

book publishing 20000 EUR (the sum may vary depending on the number of copies ) office expenses 1000 EUR, travel and accommodation costs 3500 EUR, public relations 2000 EUR, project events (workshops, book presentation) expenses 10000 EUR personnel costs (team, interpreters, assistants for the entire period of the program)14500 EUR



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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